The Power Plant

W. Bruce C. Bailey: The Art of Art Collecting

Sun Oct 18 2015

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM


Space is limited. Email or call 416.973.4949 to reserve tickets.

Please note that if the event is fully booked, reserved tickets that are not picked up by 1:55 PM will be released.

Lecture will be followed by a reception with a cash bar at The Power Plant 2:30-4 PM.

Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre

Left to right: W. Bruce C. Bailey and Mary-Dailey Desmarais

W. Bruce C. Bailey is a Canadian investment banker, lawyer, farmer, art collector and arts patron. Bailey has collected Canadian and international contemporary art in all media and genres for the past 30 years. He founded the first arts incubator in Canada (2000—2010) dedicated to launching Canadian art careers as well as initiating the first Canadian exhibitions for international artists Jake and Dinos Chapman, Peter Doig and Tony Matelli. In 2010, Bailey joined the art acquisition committee for international art after 1900 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts where he is also a Major Benefactor and Patron. As an adjunct to his art activities Bailey has acted as an artist advisor to international and Canadian artists and as an art curator and art historian. He is currently curating an exhibition featuring the work of Canadian artist Tyler Bright Hilton at Macaulay Fine Arts in Vancouver in November 2015.

With an introduction by Mary-Dailey Desmarais, this talk will provide insight into art collecting for both the novice and the experienced art collector illustrated with Bailey’s personal experiences in the art world. Following the lecture, Desmarais and Bailey will engage in conversation about their mutual experiences in collecting contemporary art. The lecture will be followed by a reception co-hosted by Desmarais and Bailey at The Power Plant.

Mary-Dailey Desmarais is a curator, art historian and collector. She received her PhD from Yale in 2015 and now works as a guest curator at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. She is a member of the Board of Directors and President of the Programming Committee of the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal and she also sits on the Directors Council of the Clark Art Institute.


Please note that major routes may be impacted on the day of the lecture due to the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon. Expect possible delays and plan to arrive early. More information on road closures can be found here.